Silvia has been working with survivors of gender-based violence for over twenty five years. This work has ranged from direct service work to the management of two Violence Against Women Shelters. She has been on numerous community based boards and is currently a board member at PARC (Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre). Silvia has presented at various national and international conferences on best practices when working with survivors.
Silvia has a BA from the University of Toronto as well as a BSW from Toronto Metropolitan University.